Yearly Archives: 2017

Daily World News Digest, 13 January 2017

Yemen: no accountability for war crimes

Human Rights Watch reported yesterday that parties to Yemen’s armed conflict violated the laws of war with impunity in 2016. Both sides to the conflict have repeatedly violated the laws of war, it said. “Since taking control of the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014, the Houthis and their allies have carried out a campaign of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances against perceived opponents.” In addition, Human Rights Watch has documented 61 apparently unlawful Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, “some of which may amount to war crimes”.

Senate chairman seeks report from government on missing activists

The News International, a newspaper from Pakistan, reports today that Pakistan Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani has sought a report from the government on the issue of missing activists. “There are reports in newspapers that another person has been picked from Islamabad: this brings to five the number of those gone missing…

Daily World News Digest, 12 January 2017

Sri Lanka: call for implementation of transitional justice mechanisms

The Sri Lanka Guardian carries a statement today from the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in which the GTF welcomes the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM), and calls on the Sri Lankan government to implement these recommendations fully. The recommendations allude to the need for “international expertise including judges in each transitional justice mechanism”, “both male and female judges representing all ethnic communities”, and “a special structure for women and children during examination of witnesses related to sexual crimes and crimes against children.” The CTFRM report to the government recognizes “the urgent need to address lingering concerns of militarization, enforced disappearances and livelihood opportunities to promote reconciliation,” the GTF says.

Egyptian migrant workers in Libya ‘kidnapped and tortured’

Ahram Online, a news agency from Egypt, reported yesterday that fifteen migrant workers from Egypt were kidnapped and tortured…

Daily World News Digest, 11 January 2017

Sri Lanka urged to adopt transitional justice proposals

Human Rights Watch publishes an article today calling on Sir Lanka to implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF). Key among the task force’s recommendations is the creation of a war crimes court comprising international and national judges, with no time limit on its jurisdiction. The Consultation Task Force was formally appointed in February 2016, and began receiving submissions in April 2016 on the proposed mechanisms outlined in Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, in which the government promised to deliver justice, accountability, and reconciliation in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.

Another activist goes missing from Islamabad

The Express Tribune reports today that Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has told the Senate that the government is making concerted efforts to recover missing human rights activists. Reports of the disappearance of another rights activist surfaced…

Daily World News Digest, 10 January 2017

Missing in Michigan: Families continue their search for loved ones

WXYZ 7 Action News, a news agency from the city of Detroit in the US, reported yesterday that according to Michigan State Police, there are more than 4,000 people missing in Michigan. Roughly half are women. “It’s a huge issue,” says Mary Cross, who runs “Missing in Michigan”, a group that supports families of Michigan’s missing persons. She provides them with resources and helps spread the word about their missing loved one.

Activists agitate against ‘enforced disappearance’ of bloggers

The News International, a newspaper from Pakistan, publishes an article today on the recent disappearance of social media activists. It says activists gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday demanding that the authorities take immediate steps to find the missing activists and to secure the constitutional and democratic right to freedom of expression in the country. Dr Salman Haider, Ahmad Waqass…

Daily World News Digest, 9 January 2017

Four Pakistani human rights activists reported missing

IndiaToday reports today that four Pakistani social media activists have gone missing. Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed disappeared on 4 January; poet Salman Haider vanished on 6 January and Ahmed Raza Naseer went missing on 7 January, a cyber security NGO and relatives told Agence France Presse. The Pakistan interior ministry has said it will investigate the disappearance of Haider, a blogger known for his outspoken views on enforced disappearances in the southwestern province of Balochistan. It made no reference to the others.

Activists seek information about missing prisoner in Iran

IranFocus reported on 7 January that an organization called the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran has written to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein asking for assistance in seeking information about Ali Moezzi, a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, who went missing in prison on…